Rob Cooke

53 year old Yukon Quest veteran

My Sponsors:
Viktor Varga,, Trailbaby, Strong Arm Forge, Breizh Korser, Nanette Wendel,, Nunataq Alaskan Malamutes, Heidi and Carsten Griese, Quiet Moose Jewellery, Judy Viale, All our dog sponsors

Nationality: British/Canadian
Current Residence: Whitehorse, YT
Occupation(s): Clean Energy Team Leader: Federal Government
Kennel Name: Shaytaan Siberian Huskies
Name Origination: You'll have to ask my wife.
Kennel Bloodlines: Shaytaan, Cheffins, Tsuga
Breeds: Siberian Huskies
# of Dogs in Kennel: 63

Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?

Tell us about your dogs?
Hoping that Cockwomble, Arseface and Lardarse will make the team this year. At the end of the 2019 Yukon Quest I stated that my main dogs, the Crazy litter (Psycho, Maddie, Skits, Loonie and Nutter) would be retiring. As of August 2019, and three weeks into training, I am not so sure. The majority of the dogs on the team this year will have been bred by us.

How did you get started running dogs?
Got our first Siberian Husky in 1997 and it all went downhill from there.

What do you love most about running sled dogs?
Being out in the wilderness with just the dogs and away from reality.

Are you a member of any other organizations involved in sled dog sports?
Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain. Gin Lovers Association of Mount Lorne.

Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
I truly do not know. Have fun with some new dogs on the team and aim to ensure that the team has fun too (P.S. it is a joke about me having fun on the race - I know now that is not going to happen).

How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
We take it in turns to come up with litter themes: Louise tries to come up with sensible names; I do my best to come up with offensive names that may upset people. I asked the dogs and they don't care what they are called.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
Yukon Quest 2013/2015-19. Best finish - 11th; Copper Basin - 2012/13/15/16/18/19; Iditarod 2015/16/18

Past Yukon Quest Race Results

Year Position Time
2019 19 11d 21h 41m
2018 12 12d 8h 7m
2017 18 12d 0h 37m
2016 16 13d 0h 13m
2015 18 11d 16h 35m
2013 18 11d 16h 35m